This Sourdough Bread Bowl Cheese Dip is the ultimate party appetizer! A velvety smooth, spicy cheese dip is baked inside a thick, fluffy sourdough bread bowl for an easy snack to satisfy a crowd. 

Sourdough Bread Bowl Cheese Dip Recipe on a plate surrounded by tortilla chips.

What Is the Point of Bread Bowl Cheese Dip? 

If you’ve never had bread bowl dip, prepare for your mind to be blown! A common appetizer in restaurants and bars, they’re simple to make, crazy delicious, and totally worth the hype. 

Unlike typical cheese dip recipes that are prepared on their own and served with sides of bread, crackers, or veggies, this bread bowl dip rolls everything into one. As a result, it requires minimal prep time and cleanup and is perfect for feeding a crowd! 

Plus, it’s loaded with veggies and made with just a hint of spice to satisfy your tastebuds. Basically, what we’re saying is that you need this bread bowl cheese dip in your life. 

Ingredients You’ll Need 

For this bread bowl cheese dip recipe, we transformed a standard cheese dip into the creamiest, most indulgent veggie-loaded snack you’ll ever taste! Here’s what you’ll need: 

  • Sourdough Bread – We found that sourdough works best, but you could also use ciabatta instead. Just make sure it’s a big, round loaf! 
  • Black Olives – Full of healthy fats, olives add a salty, savory flavor we love. 
  • Veggies – Tomatoes, green onions, and jalapeños combine to create a colorful spicy cheese dip that’s better than any pre-made version you’ll find at your local grocery store. 
  • Cheese – We use Monterrey Jack cheese for an extra hint of spice but feel free to replace it with whatever you like best. 
  • Mayonnaise – Not a super common cheese dip ingredient, mayonnaise makes for an ultra-smooth texture. 
  • Butter – This adds the best flavor and helps form a creamy cheese dip. We recommend using unsalted butter so as not to overpower the flavor. 
  • Cream Cheese – Similarly to the butter and mayonnaise, cream cheese contributes to the extra silky texture and indulgent taste. 
  • Salt and Pepper – Season your dip to taste. 

Mix, Heat, Eat! How to Make the Best Bread Bowl Cheese Dip Recipe

  1. Make the Bread Bowl. Use a sharp knife to slice the top off of the bread. Then, carefully scoop out the insides, leaving enough bread all around the edge to hold the bowl together. 

Pro-Tip: Save the scooped-out bread pieces for dipping! 

  1. Prepare the Cheese Dip. In a large mixing bowl, combine all the ingredients for the dip until they’re well incorporated and smooth. 
  2. Bake. Pour the cheese mixture into the bread bowl, and bake it in a preheated oven until the cheese has melted and the top is lightly browned. 

Tips and Tricks to Make Your Bread Bowl Dip Even Better

  • Prevent Spillage. Once you begin pulling pieces of the bread bowl off for dipping, it’s likely that the cheese will begin oozing out. To prevent a mess, serve your bowl in a container with high edges. Or, just make sure to use other bread and dippers and not the actual bowl! 
  • Add Garnishes. For a picture-worthy dip and extra flavor, feel free to include garnishes like shredded cheese, chopped olives or peppers, crumbled bacon, or chives. 
  • Use a Crockpot. If preferred, you could warm your cheese dip in a crockpot, and transfer it to the bread bowl or a regular bowl just before serving. 

Serving Suggestions 

It’s tempting to eat this dip with nothing but a spoon. However, our favorite way to serve it is with dippers like: 

  • Bread pieces
  • Crostini
  • Crackers
  • Carrot sticks
  • Celery Sticks
  • Bell peppers 

Can I Make This Recipe Ahead of Time? 

We don’t recommend baking the bread bowl and cheese dip altogether if you aren’t planning to serve it right away. However, if you want, you can prepare the ingredients separately. 

  • Cheese Dip: Combine the ingredients, and bake in an oven-safe dish for 20-25 minutes until melted. Then, store your dip in an airtight container in the fridge for one to two days.
  • Sourdough Bread Bowl: Scoop out the insides, wrap your bread bowl in plastic wrap, and keep it in the fridge for one to two days. Or, pop it in the freezer for up to two months! 

When you’re ready to serve, add the cheese to the bread bowl, and place it in the oven until both components are heated through. 

Common Questions About This Sourdough Bread Bowl Cheese Dip Recipe

How do I prevent my bread bowl from becoming soggy? 

The best way to prevent your bread from becoming soggy is to serve it right away! However, you can also brush the inside with a bit of olive oil, and bake it for about 10 minutes before adding in the cheese dip. 

This will create a sort of protective barrier making it harder for the cheese to soak into the bread. Also, if you want to get fancy, mix extra herbs, spices, or cheese into the oil to enhance the flavor of your bread. 

What else can you eat in a bread bowl? 

Any warm, baked dip can be prepared in a bread bowl, following the same method used in this recipe. Or, stuff it full of your favorite soup like broccoli and cheese soup or roasted tomato soup for a super cozy, comforting meal. 

Does my bread bowl cheese dip need to be refrigerated? 

If you aren’t planning on eating your cheese dip right away, the ingredients should be stored separately in the fridge to keep them from going bad. 

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Sourdough Bread Bowl Cheese Dip Recipe on a plate surrounded by tortilla chips.

Sourdough Bread Bowl Cheese Dip Recipe

5 from 1 vote
Author: Food Dolls
Servings: 16
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Take your favorite cheese dip recipe to the next level when you bake it in a sourdough bread bowl for an appetizer guaranteed to please!


  • 1 round sourdough bread loaf
  • 1/2 cup black olives diced
  • 1/2 cup tomatoes diced
  • 1/4 cup green onions diced
  • 1 pound Monterey Jack cheese shredded
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup butter softened
  • 1/4 cup cream cheese softened
  • 1 jalapeño seeded and diced (add more or less if desired)
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste


  • Preheat the oven to 400° F.
  • Cut the top off the sourdough bread and remove the insides, leaving about 1/2 inch of bread all around.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients for the cheese dip until well incorpoarted. Pour the mixture into the sourdough bread bowl.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the cheese has melted and the top has browned.



Calories: 182kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 34mg | Sodium: 297mg | Potassium: 66mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 421IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 206mg | Iron: 0.3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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